Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Linda Barnett-Johnson Editing Services Website

Many people have the gift of writing but lack the skills to fine tune their work. That's where professional copywriting, editing and proofreading comes in. If your desire is to see your work published, but you don't have the time or the ability to check the spelling, punctuation and grammar, you need help.

Maybe you're building a website and have ideas but can't quite put them into words to describe yourself, your work, services or products. Professional writing makes all the difference between a mediocre production and a finely-tuned presentation.

Linda Barnett-Johnson has years of editing experience, has been published in many venues and has a keen eye for proofreading. Her assistance with your project will result in a highly professional, ready-to-publish product, whether it be your prized manuscript, copy for your website, a short story you've labored over - she can put that final touch to it that makes it stand out above the rest.

Take a minute to check out her services and contact her for assistance. Put your energies into getting those creative thoughts on paper and let her do the rest.


Tuesday, September 23, 2008


I have been asked "where do you get your ideas for writing." Here are some ways to get your creative juices flowing:
1) Get a dictionary and randomly open and point to a word. Now put Village, Town, City, World behind it and just start writing. That's a fun way.
2) Read one of my articles about Writer's Block - No Such Thing http://www.alongstoryshort.net/WritersBlockNoSuchThing.html That will give you some other ideas for: Setting, Object, Character, and more.
3) I love the book, "The Writer's Book of Matches" by the staff of fresh boiled peanuts. There's over 1001 prompts to ignite your imagination.
4) Have you ever read another story and you said I would change that and make it this way, etc. This is not plagerism, unless you copy word for word. I suggest you don't ever copy anyone's work. But, another persons story might give you an idea for your own.
5) The internet is a plethora of ideas. Go to any online library and just scout titles of books or journals. I'm sure something will give you a nudge.
Try one of these and let me know if it works for you. Everyday life is full of ideas: something someone says in the store, a newspaper articles, a soap opera, news, movie, etc. Keep a journal with you at all times: in your car, bathroom, and wherever you relax. Most likely that will be the time you need to write something down.
Start today. I look forward to hearing about your adventures.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Long Story Short School of Writing Partners with CFU, Colorado Free University

LSS Writing School has been chosen to open the Online Writing School at Colorado Free University, a 35-year-old institution based in Denver. CFU, a leisure-learning center, offers a wide variety of brick and mortar classes at their Denver location in The Lowry Center, 7653 East 1st PlaceDenver, CO 80230. Anxious to expand it online curriculum, CFU gave an exclusive right to LSS to offer their entire catalog of courses in the online arm of its school.

Directed by Denise Cassino of Conifer, CO and Linda Barnett-Johnson of Lewistown, MT, LSS opened its virtual doors in October 2005. Cassino says, “Since that time, our growth has been phenomenal and this was the logical next step. ' The writing school is a spin-off of the ezine, Long Story Short, http://www.alongstoryshort.net dedicated to the promotion and advancement of writers worldwide.

Cassino and Barnett-Johnson met in an online writing class in 2001. They became virtual business partners in 2003, but have never met. They have an amazingly compatible business relationship and friendship, which has further expanded with the Long Story Short Publishing Company, an ebook publisher.

Known as the “nice” publishers in the highly competitive world of online publishing, they have 3000 subscribers to their ezine and publish its newsletter announcing the stories, articles and poetry published each month. Named four times as one of Writers Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers, they have published thousands of stories, articles and poems over the last five years.

Visit both campuses at www.lssatcfu.com for a description of all course offerings.